What Sets SFF Apart From Other Genres?
There’s no question reading fiction of any kind is the ultimate exercise for the mind. If you’re solving a mathematical problem, your rational brain is in charge. There could well be creativity involved; anything done well enough rises to the level of art. But when you read, something truly mystical and magical happens. For one thing, your rational mind is engaged, but so much more of your mind is involved. Your left and right hemispheres come into sync, your superconscious, conscious, and unconscious minds are engaged. By utilizing all of your mind, and by recruiting that much mind power you have what it takes to truly transform yourself. But the gift of books doesn’t just stop there, for storytellers who excel at their trade are all master spell casters; their books but one elaborate magical spell designed to remake you from the ground up. So with the ultimate tool of self-transformation in your hands, the question becomes what do you want to remake yourself into?
And that, my friends, is what sets sci-fi and paranormal fantasy apart from other genres. You could choose to be the best human you can be. A noble enough quest. But why stop there? Why not aim higher, at being the best superhuman or trans-human you can be? Why not start visualizing yourself performing the feats no mere mortal could ever pull off, from telepathy to telekinesis to teleportation?…
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